It really does come to a pretty pass when the Leader of the House of Commons is asked to express confidence in the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Serjeant at Arms and three times declines to do so. It hasn't been a good day for Harriet Harman, has it? Skewered by Eddie Mair, and now by Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight.
If the Leader of the House of Commons doesn't have confidence in The Speaker then how can the rest of us? Harriet Harman tonight signed Michael Martin's death warrant.